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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the Boston College Eagles in an ACC battle Saturday afternoon from the Purcell Pavilion. The Eagles were thumped 83-56 by Virginia on Wednesday, and the Fighting Irish fell 72-62 to Syracuse in their previous action. Notre Dame defeated Boston College in both meetings last season.
Boston College Searching for First ACC Win
The Boston College Eagles have lost three consecutive games including their first two conference games. The Eagles fell to Virginia Tech in their conference opener, followed by a rough 83-56 home loss to Virginia on Wednesday. Boston College shot a weak 38.6% from the field, while Virginia was able to register a 60% mark. Eagles’ top scorer Ky Bowman wasn’t as productive as usual for his standards in the defeat, netting 15 points on 5 for 12 shooting. The junior guard is having a remarkable season, averaging 20 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Nik Popovic was sharp in Wednesday’s loss to Virginia, collecting 16 points on a 7 for 12 mark from the field. The junior forward has shot above 50% in three out of his last four games, and he is averaging 13.7 PPG on 57% shooting on the season.
— Boston College Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) January 10, 2019
The Eagles are ranked at 118th in the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they possess a 1-1 road record. Boston College hasn’t been able to their identity in the offensive end in their two conference games, and they are currently averaging 75 points on the season, ranking them 152nd in the country. The Eagles are allowing an average of 72.1 points, pegging them 202nd overall.
Notre Dame Falls to VA Tech, Syracuse
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are aiming for their first ACC win of the season. They have been handed two rough losses in their first two conference games. Notre Dame fell 81-66 to Virginia Tech, followed by a 72-62 home loss to Syracuse in their latest game last Saturday. The Fighting Irish posted an abysmal 34% clip from the field, while holding the Orange to 41% shooting. Notre Dame’s leading scorer TJ Gibbs tallied 18 points in the defeat, however, it was on a weak 6 for 15 shooting performance. The junior guard has scored at least 15 points in four consecutive games, and he is averaging 14.7 PPG on the season.
John Mooney has been a force, accumulating 24 rebounds in his last two games. The junior forward has collected seven double-doubles on the season, and he is posting 12.7 PPG and 9.7 RPG.
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) December 20, 2018
The Fighting Irish are currently positioned at 74th in the nation in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, and they hold a solid 9-2 home record. Notre Dame has struggled offensively in their first two conference games, and they are now averaging 75.6 points on the season, ranking them 142nd overall. They are holding opponents to 68.3 points, positioning them 105th in the country.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against Boston College.
- the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between Boston College and Notre Dame.
The Boston College Eagles are:
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit home loss.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking the Fighting Irish in this contest. I expect Notre Dame to get back on track on their home court in this one after a few rough losses. Boston College has lost three consecutive games which included a loss to Hartford, and they have only managed 56 and 66 points respectively in their first two conference games against Virginia Tech and Virginia.
Furthermore, Notre Dame is playing solid defense, allowing an average of only 67.8 points in their last five games, and they have the slight rebounding edge with 39 rebounds per game, compared to 37.9 from Boston College.
Prediction: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Full-Game Total Pick
I am going with the under in this contest. Notre Dame should be able to contain an Eagles team that has failed to score more than 67 points in three out of their last four games, plus the under is 4-0 in the Eagles’ last four games following a double-digit home loss.
In addition, the Fighting Irish haven’t been productive in the offensive end either. They have scored 66 or fewer points in three consecutive games, and their field goal percentage is down to 42% on the season.
Full-Game Prop Bet
I am selecting the under on the Boston College team total. The Eagles only scored 65 points against DePaul, and 66 points against Virginia Tech in their only two road games of the season. Also, the Fighting Irish defend the three well, and Boston College is struggling from three-point range where they are only shooting 30.4% on the season.
Prediction: Boston College Team Total: Under
Half-Time Side Pick
I am staying with Notre Dame on the halftime line. Boston College has allowed an average of 35.3 points in the first half in their last three games, and they are in a tough road environment in this one. In addition, the Fighting Irish are holding opponents to only 30.9 points in the first half on their home court this season.
Prediction: Notre Dame